September 21, 2010

Boy are we getting back in our kitchen groove!!!

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Matt made CRACKERS today! [Remember his old recipe!?]

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Cheesy, wheaty crackers. This is a teaser for his post later this week when he’s going to post the recipe – he’s got a few tweaks to do first.

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I had a handful for a snack :)

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While the oven was hot, we went ahead and baked this sweet potato for dinner! Multitasking.

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On the Six O’Clock Menu: Black Bean + Sweet Potato Enchiladas!

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Larbs made these a week ago and I’d been thinking about putting some kind of Mexican bake on the menu. Done and done. They were SUPER easy!

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Giant sweet potato mashed with 3/4 of a can of black beans, plus cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, 1 can of green chilies and cilantro

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Pour 1/4 cup salsa verde (I did it Larbs style, but you could use enchilada sauce too) on the bottom of a baking dish. Stuff filling into 6 tortillas (I used regular flour kind) and sprinkle with more salsa and [freshly grated] jack cheese.

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Bake at 350* for 25 minutes! [I’d recommend a pinch of cinnamon next time too!] My mom’s friend Judy [a blog reader!] gave us this lovely baking dish!

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Salad chopping for the side nutrients

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Spinach, tomato, green pepper, avocado, cilantro

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Cooks cocktails – Manhattans! A big one for him, a splash for me.

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Oh yeah

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Faaabulous meal! We have two for leftovers!

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Afterwards we went on a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood. Rock on!

Still loving The Help, although I only read 30 pages or less a night! I’m such a slow reader. But recommend it for sure. Love the dialect, and the plot’s getting good!

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1 Lauren September 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

These are some of my favorite enchiladas! Now I’m thinking I need to make some.


2 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Those look like the Kashi crackers you use to have all the time :) But they sound even better! Glad you put the original tortillas to good use with those enchiladas! Love the sweet pototo in them, too


3 Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life September 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Your dinner, like usual, looks fabulous!


4 Missy September 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm

looks yummy! i am craving real food.


5 Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I love your little juice glass!


6 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm

We had mexican pizza tonight — and maybe next week we’ll have to try your enchiladas. I love black beans + sweet potato and these look so delicious!


7 Emilee September 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Those enchiladas look great! I need to think outside of the box, I usually and up with plain old chicken enchiladas, thanks for the inspiration!


8 Camille September 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

What an awesome looking dinner!
I love that it is a unique take on a classic Mexican meal. So creative!


9 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Love this idea!! I have a few sweet potatoes in my produce basket right now…great idea to use them up!


10 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I’ll take the leftovers. Thanks.

Crackers–I can’t wait. They look like Kashis but better. Mmmm!


11 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm

That sounds BEYOND incredible!!! As much as I love sweet potatoes, can’t believe i’ve never had them in enchilada form before!


12 Katie @ peacebeme September 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Sweet potatoes are my fave.


13 Stacey September 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Mmmm…sweet potatoes in enchiladas? Love the idea! And after-dinner walks are the best 😀 Have a good night!


14 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Your enchiladas remind me of sweet potato burritos, a yummy dish at Eden Alley (a fun veg restaurant in Kansas City, MO). My sister makes a delicious replica, and I might have to try my hand at it soon.

I try to always multitask when I’m heating the oven up anyway, but it’s hard to keep from going overboard and trying to do too many things at once 😉


15 Larbs September 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm

So exciting that you made these!! That’s the same jar of verde I used too!


16 Rachael September 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Sweet potato enchiladas – such an amazing combination – I’ve been cooked on Mamacita’s Veggie Mama burritos in Asheville for years (sweet potatoes, beans and kale)…never does me wrong!


17 Sara September 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm

hey kath,
i had a question for you about protein intake — do you know how many grams you eat per day? do you shoot for any specific amount? i ask because i notice you eat a lot of beans, and some dairy, but not too much chicken/fish/meat…and you do a lot of exercise/weight lifting…do you find you can get in enough? i do the opposite (ie. i eat a lot of animal protein — mostly chicken and fish) but wondering whether i could get, say 50-60grams a day, which is what i think i’m supposed to be eating, another way…


18 Kath September 22, 2010 at 8:50 am

Sara, I’m not sure how many grams I eat per day because I don’t count, but I’m sure it’s enough. Adults only need about 0.8 gm/kg (maaaybe going up to 1.0 gm/kg if you’re really building lots of muscles) and that’s about 45-55 gm / day for me. Not too hard to reach since I eat beans, grains (which have more protein than you think – like oats), eggs, yogurt, milk, cheese, sardines, tofu, nut butters, etc on a regular basis. Much harder to reach as a vegan.


19 judy September 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

katherine, have you been reading or are you aware of all the controversy over soy now? evidently the only soy that is good for you is fermented soy, such as tempeh etc. so tofu and soymilk are not good for you according to some of these claims. wondering what your thoughts were on this. and….. greetings from hillsborough! :)


20 Kath September 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Hey Judy,
I haven’t read anything that says down with tofu or soy milk. What I have heard is that WHOLE soy products – which include tofu and soy milk – are fine to consume daily. But processed soy – like isolated soy protein – is what can be harmful and react in the body. But if you eat real food, you don’t have to worry about that :) I stopped eating protein isolates a while ago.


21 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I totally remember Matt’s first cracker post!

Dinner looks great :) I need to put enchiladas on the menu soon!


22 Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Sweet potato and black bean enchiladas look amazing….that will have to be on my weekend meal plan!


23 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Yum! Great looking salad and enchiladas!


24 Exmodel September 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm

The help is great, it keeps getting better and better!


25 stacey-healthylife September 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm

What a great recipe. I love sweet potatoes. Looks like you found a use for those tortilla’s.


26 Katherine September 21, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I just laughed out loud at the mini Manhattan.


27 Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook September 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Your enchiladas look AMAZING!


28 Laura Ann September 22, 2010 at 12:41 am

Oh, thank you Kath (and Larbs)!!! My mom is coming to visit this week and for our nights *in*, I had only decided on one meal to make her and couldn’t decide on the other one. This is PERFECT. I can’t wait to try it!

Also, I’m a slow reader too! It gets frustrating being on one book so long, but at least we get to really savor it. :o)


29 Gracia September 22, 2010 at 1:38 am

I am SO looking forward to the crackers recipe! I’ve been looking for a good one for a very long time! Oh and those enchiladas look delish.


30 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 22, 2010 at 5:56 am

I love new, unique vegetarian dishes. This looks awesome!

And I’m glad to see you were able to put those flour tortillas to good use. 😉 It looks delicious. 😀


31 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 22, 2010 at 6:17 am

Those enchiladas look so good! Same with those crackers – I can’t wait to see the recipe for them! :-)


32 faith @ gracefulfitness September 22, 2010 at 6:20 am

My mom highly recommended The Help to me. Keep me posted as to what you think :).


33 Kath September 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

I have an extra copy if you want it!


34 Heidi - apples under my bed September 22, 2010 at 6:27 am

yum! dinner looks fab. as colourful as ever :) hanging out for more crackers too!
Heidi xo


35 emily September 22, 2010 at 6:53 am

Delicious! We have a recipe for enchiladas that I’m obsessed with, but I think I need to hive this one a try.


36 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 22, 2010 at 7:27 am

Can’t wait for the cracker recipe. They look and sound great!


37 Hands in Namaste September 22, 2010 at 7:34 am

Kath these looks DELICIOUS!


38 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 22, 2010 at 7:53 am

Love the crackers! Mmmm, the enchiladas look delicious! The sweet potato and black beans combo sounds great! What a great filling for enchiladas!

I love having avocado on salads! It can even make a really good dressing for salads, if you mash it up and mix it with the salad, since it is has such a creamy texture!


39 JENNA September 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

enchiladas are one of my favorite dinners. the black bean + sp combo sounds delicious.


40 JENNA September 22, 2010 at 8:01 am

p.s. will you be going to the vegetarian festival this weekend?


41 Kath September 22, 2010 at 8:50 am

Yeah! Will you?


42 JENNA September 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

we are thinking about going! maybe we will see you there in the sea of people :) lol


43 Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner September 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

That looks so good. Do you cook the sweet potato before you mash it?


44 Kath September 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

Yes, as evidenced by the baked sweet potato on the baking sheet photographed above :)


45 Amy Pea September 22, 2010 at 8:39 am

I’m a slow reader also, and am about 200 pages in of The Help. It’s getting really interesting!

I heard the movie is in production, so I hope to finish it by then! :)


46 Kath September 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

Oh yay! The whole time I’ve been thinking movie :)


47 Allison K September 22, 2010 at 9:42 am

I don’t think I ever realized how small that cocktail glass was until today!

Also, LOVED The Help. Great book!


48 Natalia - a side of simple September 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

There’s nothing quite so beautiful as the sight of melted cheese =)


49 Paige September 22, 2010 at 9:56 am

I hate to tell you this, since it got you so upset last time, but your posts aren’t showing up in GR… :(

Are the crackers as good as Kashi ones? 😉


50 Kath September 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

Just realized this :(

I don’t think it’s me :(


51 Melissa A. September 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Shows up in my Google Reader.


52 Emily September 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

I love that recipe, but on crunchy taco shells (and I use red cabbage!)


53 Amber K September 22, 2010 at 10:19 am

I have seen a similar recipe for pumpkin enchiladas, but it just sounds like it would be too sweet! I really love my savory items and sweet items separate. But it looks good!


54 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

i was thinking veggie fajitas were on the menu tonight, but looks like i might swap it out for this. They look awesome…Might try subbing roasted kabocha for the sweet tater, too! :)
Cathy B.


55 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Those enchiladas look awesome – love the use of sweet potatoes!!


56 judy September 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

fabulous book. good southern literature. your enchilada recipe sounds tasty! will try soon.


57 Catherine @ Life 2.0 September 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Well, that is going straight on the to-eat list for next week! Yum!


58 Ally September 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Last night when I was cooking dinner I was thinking to myself, I need a good enchilada recipe! And here it is…I can’t wait to try these.


59 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

i love the black bean/sweet potato combo…gotta do it in enchiladas soon though! yum!


60 Melissa A. September 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Looks so yummy and simple! Do you make a dressing for your salad or leave it undressed?


61 Kath September 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm

It was dressed with lemon and Garlic Gold oil drizzle


62 Jess @ atasteofconfidence September 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

those crackers look great!


63 christina cadden September 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm

They looks so good!


64 AllieNic (Frisky Lemon) September 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

You two are the cutest!! I heart that you drink cocktails whilst preparing meals…I’m a huge fan of the meal prep drink!

Has Matt ever made graham crackers? Those cheesy crackers reminded me of homemade graham crackers…and now I want s’mores!! I bet you two could make a wicked gourmet s’more!


65 haley September 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

mmm, enchiladas look great… easy and they make enough for leftovers =)

+ the crackers!
I can’t wait to hear how you make them! Looking forward to that post!


66 Marci September 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Love The Help! I’m a Southern girl, and it’s great! Love how you can really hear their voices.


67 jennifer @ take the day off September 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I am reading The Help now too–and I am loving it! I have been getting in bed earlier so that I can squeeze as many pages as possible in before I fall asleep. Rumor has it that they are making a movie version. I hope they do the characters justice.

and the enchiladas look amazing.


68 Evan Thomas September 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Mmmm making crackers sounds so good!


69 Amanda September 22, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Love the crackers. So glad it is sweet potato season. Cannot wait to make some things with sweet potatoes. Anything! I think this calls for a big weekend of farmers’ market and cooking.


70 Sharon @ What Is Sharon Doing Now?! September 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Enchiladas look absolutely delish! Must remember to try them!


71 steph September 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I have been dying to make those enchiladas – someone gave me a recipe a few months back – this weekend I hope I can make them happen.

Thought of the blog the other night as I enjoyed a pumpkin ale (I think it was made by michelob??) But I do have a recommendation – if y’all can find Celebrator Dopplebock – worth a try – every bottle comes with cute little mountain goat decor.


72 Kath September 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Steph, Trying hard not to be a beer snob here, but you MUST go try some of the craft brew varieties if you haven’t yet. Michelob’s was AWFUL!!


73 steph September 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Haha – no worries – there’s a a few more beers left from 6 pack of pumpkin ale assortments in the fridge (including a few craft brews).

I wonder if it’s possible to make pumpkin ale beer bread?


74 Simply Life September 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

oh that meal looks amazing -I love that idea for a filling!


75 Bee Goes Bananas September 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I can’t believe Matt makes crackers! It’s not something you see someone make everyday. Incredible! I’ll have to try that recipe sometime!


76 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm

You and Caitlin have me wanting ench’s !

Think I want to make a casserole of sorts. I like my ench’s with lots of sauce, so it kinda ends up that way anyway 😉


77 Hannah September 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Wow, we haven’t seen you make something like that in ages! Looks so yum!


78 Whitney September 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I’m not a huge commenter, but I’m an avid reader… and I thought I totally needed to let you know that I read this post while at school (I’m a grad student in an aquatic science program) and thought “perfect!” All I needed was some enchilada sauce and today is my grocery day anyway. So, I whipped this together tonight, with minor substitutions, and it is Awesome, with a capital A. Totally hits the spot! Thanks!


79 maria @ Chasing the Now September 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Can’t wait to see that cracker recipe. We have been buying crackers, but if I could make my own I would love that! They look really good, so please share soon.


80 Marie September 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Made the enchiladas tonight for dinner. AMAZING!!!!!! I only had a small sweet potato so I also added about a cup of pumpkin. Will definitely be making these again real soon!


81 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 22, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Those enchiladas look really good! I used to be able to whip out a lot of reading at night, but now I can only get through about 10-15 pages before I completely crash!


82 Holly S. September 23, 2010 at 9:14 am

Mmm, I LOVE Manhattans! They look like how I drink them too – straight up, extra sweet with cherry juice. Cheers!


83 Janna (Montana) September 23, 2010 at 9:55 am

I am seriously considering starting cooking what you cook every day.
I think I could start a week behind you so I could always plan ahead…
Those enchiladas look so darn good I am already plotting tonights dinner.


84 Alice September 30, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Larbs is such an interesting name. Is there a story behind it?


85 Cindy Waffles October 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Those enchiladas look great! I love sweet potatoes and beans! I also like to make my own crackers after I realized how simple it is and how much fun it is to make variations.


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